2014 Summer Conference Session: Counties on the Cutting Edge

As the policy challenges faced by county governments continue to grow in scope and complexity, more than ever counties are being forced to “think outside the box” and implement innovative responses. Panelists will highlight cutting edge solutions created by counties to address a variety of thorny policy issues, both across the nation and within Maryland.

Specifically, panelists will showcase –

  1. National trends and county challenges
  2. Washington County’s waste gasification to diesel fuel project
  3. Montgomery County’s SCALE Program (provides home sensors for vulnerable individuals)
  4. Queen Anne’s County’s Economic Development Incentive Fund
  5. Baltimore City’s Vacants to Value Program (addresses vacant housing issues)
  6. Allegany County’s AllCoNet network


  • Emilia Istrate, PhD, Director of Research and Outreach, National Association of Counties
  • Julie Pippel, Director, Washington County Division of Environmental Management – waste gasification to diesel fuel project
  • Daniel Hoffman, Chief Innovation Officer, Montgomery County
  • Gregg Todd, Queen Anne’s County Administrator
  • Julia Day, Deputy Commissioner of Land Reources, Baltimore City Housing Department
  • Beth Thomas, Coordinator of Information Technology, Allegany County

Moderator: The Honorable C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, United States House of Representatives

Date/Time: Friday, August 15, 2014, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

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Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White with questions about Summer Conference.